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Extension to Tinker Lane shale gas exploratory drilling consultation

People are to be given extra time to register their views on a planning application for an exploratory shale gas well-site on land off the A634 between Barnby Moor and Blyth.

Dart Energy is seeking planning permission to undertake exploratory drilling for shale gas at the site, known as Tinker Lane. The application is for exploratory drilling, to check the suitability of the rock for shale gas extraction. It is not seeking permission to carry out any hydraulic fracturing, ‘known as fracking’

The consultation period, which started on 2 June, will now stay open for a further two weeks, until 22 July. The extension follows a request by local residents, which is supported by the applicant and the County Councillor for the area.

The County Council is carrying out detailed consultation work on the application, seeking the views of over 40 organisations, including statutory consultees, neighbouring local authorities and landowners, County Council departments, national Government departments and agencies and wildlife organisations.

Letters have been sent to nearby residents and notices posted in the local area highlighting how they can get involved and register their comments about the proposals. A new press advertisement will be placed and site notices updated to include the new consultation deadline date.

A copy of the planning application is available to view on the County Council’s website.

Comments about the application can be made at:

The application is for the development of a shale gas well site which would involve the drilling of one vertical exploratory shale gas well, together with three sets of groundwater monitoring boreholes and ancillary works.

Permission is sought for a temporary period of up to three years, with drilling taking place for approximately four months. During drilling, operations would take place 24 hours a day, seven days a week. At other times, works would take place between 7am and 7pm, Monday to Friday and 7am and 1pm on Saturdays, with no working on Sundays or bank holidays.

The vertical well would be drilled to a depth of approximately 3,300 metres and the drilling phase would require an average of 12 HGV movements per day, along with ten light vehicle movements. The delivery and removal of the drill rig would take place over two, two week periods and would generate an average of 26 HGV movements and 20 light vehicle movements per day. 

Sally Gill, Planning Manager for Nottinghamshire County Council said: “Given the complexity of the application and the likelihood of a large amount of interest, we have agreed to extend the consultation period by a further two weeks, following a request from local residents last week, a request which was supported by the local County Councillor Liz Yates.”

For further information about shale gas development, including the role of other regulatory bodies and issues the County Council can take into account when determining the application, go to: www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/shalegas